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Illegal drugs in pregnancy

Illegal drugs can cause miscarriages, premature birth, birth defects, developmental problems, and behavioural problems. If you use illegal drugs while you're pregnant, your baby might go through withdrawal after birth. The safest thing for you and your baby is to avoid taking any illegal drugs while you're pregnant.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by midwife liaison, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed June 2018.

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Medicines in pregnancy

Medicines, alcohol, drugs, & breastfeeding

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Review key: HIPRC-41255